Joon-ho Bong’s sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer was a surreal and cryptic piece of escapism that developed enough of a cult following to spawn a cable TV series. The film (and presumably the series too) describes a frozen future wherein the last human survivors ride a non-stop train around the world. If that isn’t bleak enough for you, this micro-society has devolved into segregated social classes — the elitist rich at the head and the working-poor at the tail. But hey, it stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, and Tilda Swinton — it’s kind of a Marvel reunion if you squint real hard!
Screenwriter Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds, Avatar 2) wrote a pilot, which TNT picked up, and then hired him as executive producer. Scott Derrickson (Dr. Strange) directed the pilot, which stars Jennifer Connelly (Hulk) — seriously, what’s with all the Marvel connections? Based on premise and talent alone, this sounds like a winner, right? Well, not so fast.
Friedman has suddenly departed the production, citing — wait for it — creative differences, according to Variety. This could be a crippling loss for the show; Friedman was not only an accomplished writer, but he was also the showrunner for Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and an EP on NBC’s Emerald City. There’s no word from TNT regarding a replacement for Friedman, nor any indication that the show’s production will be affected. Ugh.
It’s never a good sign to lose your show’s visionary right before its premiere. But it’s also impossible to know what impact Friedman’s exit will have on this series, at least until we can compare the quality of the pilot against the show’s subsequent episodes. We’ve all seen this sort of thing occur countless times before, and many shows have survived such creative departures. Snowpiercer is expected to debut on TNT sometime later this year.
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